I’m Cate and here’s a bit about me! I’ve always loved children and knew early on that I wanted to work with them. I started out by training as a nursery nurse and passed my NNEB qualification (NVQ level 3) in 1989. I worked as a nanny, in day nurseries and then had 2 little lovelies of my own.
My first, a boy and my absolute pride and joy, quickly settled into a nice routine… except at night. As the months went on he was awake for hours and although I was a trained nanny I was out of my depth. I had many sleepless nights and many days shadowed by exhaustion. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl 3 years later but my son still wasn’t sleeping through the night. Life was particularly tricky at that stage!
It’s been 20 years since my son was born but I’ve never forgotten what it was like trying to work out what to do to improve the nights and how desperate I was for sleep.
About me- after children
Some years later I wanted to go back to work and a friend suggested becoming a night nanny. She’d been helping parents settle their babies at night for many years and very much enjoyed it. I enjoyed the work too, it was wonderfully rewarding to get parents some sleep! This led to an interest in getting older babies to sleep well too.
I qualified as a sleep consultant with an OCN course and later with a Babyem™ course in Gentle Sleep Training with Lyndsay Hookway.
- Background to sleep
- Sleep cycles and body rhythms
- Sleep associations and Regressions
- Nutrition and Health and their impact on Sleep
- Sleep hygiene
- Brain development and self-soothing
- The impact of attachment on sleep.
- Sleep problems in babies, toddlers, and older children
On top of my OCN and Babyem training, I’m delighted to share that I’ve recently completed a course to become a member of The Sleep Consultant Academy. As well as the gentle methods I’ve been using I now also use the Comforting Through Change™ method in which we work through stages to achieve your goals.
I always follow the lullaby trust recommendations for safe sleep, you can find them here https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/
Over the years I’ve helped hundreds of little ones of different ages who’ve had lots of different sleep issues.
If you’d like some help with your little one’s sleep have a look at my packages page and start your journey to good sleep.
I look forward to bringing peaceful nights to your home very soon.